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Firefighters to the rescue–but could you help them?

While the story of the muntjac cut free from a garden gate in Chadlington might have given you a smile, the firefighters on duty always know that their next call-out could be to a serious road crash or a house fire.

The team at Chipping Norton are currently looking for new recruits. Could you help spread the word?

Being an on-call firefighter is a paid, professional role, and recruits receive the same training as full time firefighters.

The difference is that they are called in, ‘on demand’. This could be two or three times a week for about an hour each time; night or day. There are training exercises each week, which include maintaining equipment at the fire station. Recruits might also be involved in community work to help reduce the risk of fires.

Firefighters join from all walks of life–homeworkers, builders, shopkeepers, parents of school-aged children and people who aren’t currently employed. Physical fitness is key; and there is flexibility on the hours you work.

Interested? You need to be over 18, and to live or work within five minutes of a recruiting fire station–and to be

able to respond when called, immediately.

More at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk



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